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August 18, 2007

What a concept.

Rob @ 9:07 PM

There's a building on fire at Ground Zero.

I had gone to the World Financial Ceter Plaza this afternoon in hopes of participating in the MP3 Experiment, but five minutes into the thing my CD player died. Of all the luck! So, I decided to start walking uptown.

Ground Zero is just east of the WFC. As I approached it I noticed a small plume of smoke, and followed it down to the Deutsche Bank Building. I don't know how long the fire had been going for, but there were already some fire trucks spraying the building at ground level, and a decent amount of police closing off Liberty Street. There were also throngs of tourists snapping photos of the place.

It just so happened I had brought a camera with me, to use at the MP3 event. Since that was a bust, I decided to take some photos for myself.

I took photos and talked to people around the circumference of Ground Zero as the smoke thickened. I had a bottle of water with me, which I used to soak a handkerchief and breathe through. The atmosphere at the WTC site as crowds gathered to watch the blaze, although smokey, was surprisingly blase'. I guess at this point, a burning skyscraper in lower Manhattan is old hat.

I had to stop at one point when I doubled over in laughter at the sight of some guy lighting up a cigar as he photographed the building. He didn't understand what was so funny, and refused to let me photograph him.

I decided to leave when the police started herding crowds away from the area, mainly due to the low-asbestos diet I recently started, and puttered around the City the rest of the day.

I'm writing this now from the Hopscotch Cafe (nee before heading back to Penn Station. I'll dump the camera onto the Web when I get home tonight.

3 Responses to “What a concept.”

  1. C4bl3Fl4m3 says:

    Is this group that did the MP3 Experiment going to be doing anything else while I'm in NYC. I've always wanted to be part of something like this.

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